ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon signed the lineup card for Joe Nathan's 300th career save and gave it to the Texas Rangers closer.
Maddon considers the gesture routine for landmark baseball moments. This one ended up symbolizing his attempt to move on after home plate umpire Marty Foster's botched call on a game-ending strike three bailed out Nathan.
Maddon blocked the umpires at their exit to the tunnel after Monday night's 5-4 loss, could be seen mouthing "That can't happen in a major league game" and tweeted the same thing soon after the game.
Less than 24 hours later, he appreciated Foster acknowledging he missed the call on the full-count pitch, both in a conversation with the manager and a statement to reporters.
"I really respect him a lot for checking in about that," Maddon said. "For me, for us, it's over with. I think it shows a lot on his part."
Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday, with spokesman Mike Teevan saying by email that crew chief Tim ...